In which Ars is allowed to see—but not touch—an Ubuntu phone

Canonical demonstrated a Galaxy Nexus running Ubuntu’s phone interface at the Consumer Electronics Show, but product manager Richard Collins explained that the company isn’t quite ready to let us use it. "We’re just doing all of the driving for the demos for now simply because we understand how the experience works," Collins told me when I asked if I could test it out. In other words: No touching!We do expect to be getting a hands-on experience within a few weeks, because Canonical says it will be releasing a version that can be installed by anyone on a Nexus. Today, Ars reporter Andrew Cunningham and I settled for the controlled demo and an interview, with Andrew taking pictures. Canonical’s wireless Internet on the CES expo floor wasn’t working, but we could get a sense of the phone’s basic functionality.

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